A clutch is made up of three main components—the pressure plate, flywheel, and clutch disc. These elements work together to transfer power from the engine to the transmission while also allowing the engine to continue running when the wheels are stopped. The first component is the flywheel—a large metal disc that is bolted to the crankshaft of the engine. Attached to the flywheel is the pressure plate, which is essentially a spring-loaded clamp with a sheet metal cover. The clutch disc is a steel plate covered with a frictional material that fits between the flywheel and the pressure plate. When the clutch is engaged, the pressure plate squeezes the disc against the flywheel, effectively transferring power from the engine to the transmission. If the pressure plate is malfunctioning, it will not be able to apply enough pressure to hold the clutch disc against the flywheel and power will not be transferred. Some symptoms of a failing pressure plate include clutch slippage, inability to engage transmission into gear, a shudder when the clutch is engaged, and noise or vibration in the clutch. If you’re experiencing any of these issues have your vehicle looked at by a professional as soon as possible. Lake Norman has expert technicians and a state of the art service center in Mooresville, NC.